ERL Consumer Local Tournament, Bristol, UK, March 2022
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* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our entire 2020/21 ERL season has been postponed until 2022.*

We are pleased to announce that the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), Bristol, UK will host the first ERL Consumer local tournament of the ERL 2022 Season (postponed from 2020/21). The BRL is a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. The tournament will be hosted in the BRL’s Personalised Assisted Living Studio which is certified for use as an ERL Consumer Service Robots testbed.

## Key Dates: ##
Application deadline: 14 February 2022
Qualification announcement: 18 February 2022

## How to apply: ##
Interested teams should email sarah6.carter@uwe.ac.uk expressing their intention to participate in the tournament and provide the following information about the team:
- Team name
- Team Leader name
- Total number of team members (including the team leader)
- Affiliation
- Contact information (e-mail and phone number of team leader)
- Website (if applicable)

## Tournament Rules: ##
The rules of the competition can be downloaded from:
https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_league/upload/erl-rulebooks/ERL_Consumer_2020_Updated.pdf

The Task Benchmarks (TBM) and Functionality Benchmarks (FBMs) available at this tournament are:

TBM1: Getting to Know My Home
TBM2: Welcoming Visitors
TBM3: Catering for Granny Annie's Comfort
TBM4: Visit My Home

FBM3: Speech Understanding


Target audience
Participants:
Universities, research labs, industry and/or end-users.

Spectators:
The event will be open to the general public on: TBC.
Please contact the local organisers for more information.
 
Bristol Robotics Laboratory / European Robotics League
Sarah Carter
sarah6.carter@uwe.ac.uk
 
Bristol Robotics Laboratory, T Block, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane T Block
BS161QY Bristol
United Kingdom
 
ERL Professional Local Tournament, Nottingham, UK, May 2022
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The first HEART-MET field campaign will take place at the Cobot Maker Space at the University of Nottingham from May 23 - 27, 2022.

The competition is organized by HEART-MET under the METRICS framework, and includes a shared benchmark with the European Robotics League (ERL) Professional competition. HEART-MET targets robots that function in an assistive capacity in a home, or healthcare environment such as a nursing home or hospital. ERL Professional (https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_league/erl-professional/about/index.html) is a competition framework for mobile robot assistants in professional settings such as factories, grocery stores, hospitals etc. Typical tasks include locating and transporting items and performing collaborative tasks with humans. Therefore, this competition will benchmark robots on several perception, manipulation and human-robot interaction tasks.

### Important Dates ###
12th April, 2022 - Deadline for submission of expression of interest
25th April, 2022 - Deadline to confirm participation
23nd May, 2022 - Competition start
27th May, 2022 - Competition end

### How to participate ###
Teams and individuals from academia and industry are welcome to participate in this competition.
Please fill out the online form as an expression of interest by April 12th, 2022. Selected teams will be contacted for further details.
Online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSn51rQCq7v3PHZYZL7sSk-ofsXw1fHiPlSifge8qHBIVWAg/viewform

### Benchmarks ###
Teams can participate in any or all of the following functional (FBM) and task (TBM) benchmarks. Based on the level of interest, some benchmarks may not be conducted during the competition.
Each benchmark will be evaluated over multiple trials with several variations of objects, locations, persons, time of day etc.

FBMs:
- Object detection: The robot should detect a target object on a surface in front of it
- Person detection: The robot should detect a person at a known location within an indoor environment
- Activity recognition: The robot should recognize an activity performed by a person
- Gesture recognition: The robot should recognize a gesture performed by a person
- Cluttered Pick [shared with ERL Professional]: The robot should pick an object from a cluttered surface and place it in a container
- Handover Object: The robot should hand over an object to a person
- Receive Object: The robot should receive an object from a person

TBMs:
- Assess Activity State: The robot should assess the activity state of a person using both visual activity recognition and by engaging in a dialogue with the person. This TBM will require the robot to navigate within an indoor environment, detect persons, visually recognize activities and engage in a dialogue by speech generation and recognition.
- Item Delivery: The robot should navigate to a given location, locate and grasp a target object, transport the object to a person at a given location and hand over the object to the person. Hence, this TBM will require functionalities such as indoor navigation, object detection, grasping, person detection and object handover.

The latest rulebook can be found here: https://github.com/HEART-MET/rulebook/

HEART-MET
Deebul Nair
deebul.nair@h-brs.de
 
Cobot Maker Space, The Nottingham Geospatial Building
Triumph Road
NG7 2TU Nottingham
United Kingdom
 
ERL Consumer Local Tournament, Nottingham, UK, June 2022
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* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our entire 2020/21 ERL season has been postponed until 2022.*

The "European Robotics League- Consumer Service Robots" is an innovative concept for robot competitions which stems from its predecessor, the RoCKIn@Home competition, and focuses on tasks that service robots execute in a real home environment.

The ERL Consumer is composed of multiple "Local Tournaments", held in different research labs across Europe, with certified test beds, and a few "Major Tournaments". Teams participate in a minimum of two Tournaments (Local and/or Major) per year and get scores based on their performances. Scores of the best two participation in tournaments for each team are added and teams are ranked based on their cumulative score. Prizes for the top teams are awarded at the end of the event.

We are pleased to announce a Local Tournament on the ERL Consumer Service Robots (ERL Consumer) challenge, to be held between 27 June to 1 July 2022 at the Cobot Maker Space, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

For the ERL-SR Tournaments, the following task and functionality benchmarks will be (tentatively) considered:
TBM1: Getting to Know My Home
TBM2: Welcoming Visitors
TBM3: Catering for Granny Annie's Comfort
TBM4: Visit My Home

FBM1: Object Perception
FBM2: Navigation
FBM3: Speech Understanding
FMB4: People Perception
FBM5: Person Following
FBM6: Grasping and Manipulation

## Important Dates ##
8 June 2022 - Deadline for application
10 June 2022 - Qualification announcement
27 June 2022 - Competition begins
1 July 2022 - Competition ends

## Application Procedure ##
Applicant teams must send an email to erl.service@robotics-league.eu expressing their intention to participate in the Tournament and providing the following information about the team:
- Team name
- Team Leader name
- Total number of team members (including the team leader)
- Affiliation
- Contact information (e-mail and phone of team leader)
- Website
- Qualification material, to include:
1. Team Description Paper (max. 4 pages) explaining the team’s approach to the technical challenges including a brief description of software and hardware architectures, the relation with the team research, and a list of relevant publications.
2. Video showing evidence of some performance in the tasks and/or functionalities of the challenge selected by the team.

## Selection Criteria ##
Teams will be selected for participation based on:
- number of available slots for team participation in the tournament (4, in this case);
- team research quality, as measured from the Team Description Page and list of relevant publications;

Cyber-physical Health and Assistive Robotics Technologies (CHART) Research Group
Praminda Caleb-Solly
praminda.caleb-solly@nottingham.ac.uk
 
Cobot Maker Space, The Nottingham Geospatial Building
Triumph Road
NG7 2TU Nottingham
United Kingdom